Valentina is an Urban Designer with over 15 years UK experience which includes professional consultancy (urban design and streetscape intervention), academic research and teaching.
She currently works as a Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Planning. She is the Project Manager and Research Coordinator of the Place Alliance, chaired by Prof Matthew Carmona, and since 2016 she has been part of a research programme reflecting on current practice in the design governance field and focused on generating a base-line of knowledge about the quality of the built environment and its delivery at both local and national level.
The primary aim of Place Alliance campaign work is advocating for changes in policy and practice, and her role within Place Alliance has always been to fulfil both research and public engagement tasks, and to make sure that one always complements and supports the other.
Valentina's professional experience has provided her with the opportunity to work on a variety of projects in a multitude of contexts, including masterplanning, urban design, regeneration and architecture. She has specific experience of the planning, environmental assessment and design of transport infrastructure and public realm projects in London and related public consultation processes.
She is a Chartered Member of RTPI and an Urban Design Group Recognised Practitioner.
Even when she is not working to improve place quality, Valentina loves to engage with the urban environment around her, either re-discovering her beloved London year after year since 1998, or exploring new cities for work or pleasure (and being unable to resit the urge of buying yet another map!). Gigs, dystopian fiction, DIY and everything Harry Potter are also something she cannot do without!